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Pope Francis calls for abolition of death penalty and life imprisonment and blames politicians and media for promoting violence and revenge

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 6:46 AM Comments comments (26)
The Pope wants scenes like this to be a thing of the past
Pope Francis has urged those in authority to reconsider use of the death penalty and the imposition of life imprisonment. 
The Pope expressed his disbelief that states "cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples' lives from an unjust aggressor." 
He also stated that: "All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether it be legal or illegal and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty. And this, I connect with life imprisonment," he said. "Life imprisonment is a hidden death penalty."
The Pope also expressed disquiet towards politicians and the media when he said that they promote "violence and revenge, public and private, not only against those responsible for crimes, but also against those under suspicion, justified or not."